The Playthings

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Gordon Bartram Collection


The Playthings
Live at the Gladstone, The Hillsborough Tavern, The Star and Garter and PJ's Private Nightclub


The Playthings Live at The Gladstone

Nicky Carter (guitar, sax, vocals), Jay Clarkson (Bass/Vocals),
Dave Toland (drums), Janine Saundercock (guitar, vocals)

The Playthings Live at The Gladstone


Christchurch singer, guitarist and songwriter Jay Clarkson well and truly arrived on the music scene with The Playthings, a hard-rocking outfit with inclinations towards by not totally immersed in punk.  They released independent single records in 1981 and 1982, and a posthumous live album on Flying Nun Records in 1986.  The Playthings played individual Gladstone gigs in October and December of 1980 with two more double-nights there with The Yo Yos then The Gordons in January 1981.   In early February 1981 they shifted to the larger Hillsborough Tavern with The Androidss.  A pattern soon developed where they would regularly headline three nights at The Gladstone, as they had done earlier in 1981, but their efforts were sprinkled with nights elsewhere as opportunities arose.  The Playthings took the stage at the Sunday's Kool Concert at Christchurch Town Hall in early August of 1981 with a new bass player, Paul Kean. Janine Saundercock had departed prompting Jay Clarkson to shift to guitar, ushering in sets with fewer covers and more Clarkson originals.  Firmly established as a Christchurch live draw, The Playthings saw 1981 out and 1982 in at The Gladstone before shifting to the Star and Garter in mid-February 1982 with The Volkswagens.


Gladstone Poster

..... at the University of Canterbury

Star + Garter Poster